OUR STORY

From small beginnings, Hospice Mid Canterbury began as a community initiative in 2014, with the aim of providing free non-clinical support for people with a life-limiting illness and their families. Drawing on the capability of those already in the community, we established services such as counselling and therapies, and developed a strong volunteer base for such things as biography writing, sitting and transport.
As demand and services grew, Hospice opened an office at Community House in 2016 and a hospice shop was established in July 2017 in Tancred Street to help provide sustainable funding for the organisation. Further demand for services led to Hospice establishing a base at St Stephens on Park Street in 2019.
In 2021, a “Home for Hospice” fundraising campaign culminated in the purchase of 70 Havelock Street, Ashburton (formerly the Sealy Street Medical Centre), as a community owned asset. This enabled the organisation to finally settle into its own home.
Today Hospice Mid Canterbury offers a growing range of supports, for the person with the life-limiting illness and their caregivers. These supports include counselling and a variety of therapies, services and activities such as exercise therapy, art and craft and social events. This support is available free to people throughout the Ashburton district, and is provided in people’s own homes or at the hospice base.

Hospice Mid Canterbury is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our clients and their families, ensuring that those we support are being given the opportunity to ‘live every moment’.

OUR PEOPLE

HOSPICE MID CANTERBURY PATRON

Jane Wright

HOSPICE MID CANTERBURY TRUSTEES

Kate White – Chair

Tina Giera

Paul Gooby

Jacqueline Paterson

 

David Fisher

 

Jenny McDonald

 

HOSPICE STAFF

Sarah MacAvoy

Sarah MacAvoy

SUPPORT CO-ORDINATOR

Sarah is our client support co-ordinator. She is the person to speak to about anything to do with our services, including referrals and on-going support of clients. Email Sarah

Fiona Giles

Fiona Giles

OUTREACH CO-ORDINATOR

Fiona’s role involves overseeing fundraising, promotions, and liaising with the media. As well as managing our valuable volunteer pool, with recruitment, training and support. Email Fiona

Nicole Williams

Nicole Williams

MANAGER

Nicole’s role involves supporting and leading the hospice team, and overseeing the organisation as we work together to deliver the board’s strategic plan. Email Nicole

Janelle Hickey

Janelle Hickey

ADMINISTRATOR

Janelle’s administration role focuses on the financial and general admin tasks required to keep Hospice Mid Canterbury running smoothly. Contact Janelle at admin@hospicemc.nz for anything to do with finances and donations.

Bronie McMurtrie

Bronie McMurtrie

ACTIVITIES CO-ORDINATOR

Bronie organises the activity programme for Hospice clients and their families.
Email Bronie.

Janis Steele

Janis Steele

SHOP MANAGER

Janis is the Manager of our Hospice Shop. She comes to us with extensive retail and management experience. Janis oversees our wonderful team of shop volunteers and will help you with any queries relating to the shop, donation of goods and estate clearances. Email Janis

OUR FANTASTIC VOLUNTEERS